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While cannabis businesses have emerged around South Jersey since recreational legalization, Cherry Hill officials opted to keep the township out of the industry — for the time being. But the public can help determine Cherry Hill's next steps at an upcoming meeting.
The township will hold the meeting July 10 in the Council Chambers — following the Township Council meeting that begins at 7 p.m.
Officials will provide a short presentation before listening to public feedback, said Township Business Administrator Erin Knoedler.
Rowan University and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development are collaborating on an apprentice program to help people learn the skills necessary for a career in the state’s marijuana industry.
Officials with both say this is a great way for people to get started on a new career.
The commission started up in April 2021 "and truly walked into this office with nothing," said Nash, who added there were no phones, no copiers.
"We truly built this agency," she said. "We have done an enormous amount of work in just over one year."
An ardent animal-rights activist, Nash used to live in Cherry Hill, but moved to a Winslow farm because her 15-year accumulation of rescue animals had grown too large.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) is hosting a series of public hearings to take testimony from residents on how to best utilize collected fees from the sale of cannabis products to improve their communities and promote social equity. The meetings will be broken up into three separate virtual hearings for North, Central, and South Jersey. The dates and times for the Central and South Jersey meetings are as follows:
Recreational marijuana is coming to New Jersey, but it won’t be on every corner.
In Philadelphia’s South Jersey suburbs, 40 of 100 municipalities have opened their doors to cannabis businesses within their borders under New Jersey’s legalization law, which was signed in February and allowed towns to ban marijuana businesses ― but not the delivery of cannabis to residents.
Despite overwhelmingly being approved by voters in November, recreational marijuana has been slow to garner support at the local level.
Since the bill was signed into law Feb. 22 and guidance was issued on legalized marijuana, towns around the area have been quick to adopt their own legislation all but banning the recreational smoking of marijuana despite voters supporting it by a 67% to 32% margin. All but three of the state’s 565 municipalities voted in favor of it at the polls.
Efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey are in the air.
Single-engine prop planes — hired by two separate organizations — dragged pro-weed banners through the skies Saturday over the South Jersey beaches. The banners urged state residents to vote yes Nov. 3 on a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis use.
Polling shows that roughly three out of five Jersey voters support the measure, which would allow marijuana sales to all adults 21 and over.
Phil Murphy: New Jersey’s 56th governor, he’s a former Wall Street executive who also served as U.S. ambassador to Germany under former President Barack Obama. Murphy didn’t hold elected office until he easily defeated his Republican rival in the 2017 election.
Already there are reports from a number of South Jersey communities that marijuana-related companies are trying to gauge the level of interest towns might have in getting involved in the industry. Several municipalities rightly have recognized this could become a hot-button issue and have formed committees to study the matter.
That’s a good move for a number of reasons.
The state Department of Health is reviewing 146 applications for two licenses each in North, Central and South Jersey.
George Scorsis, CEO of Liberty Health Sciences, loves the market’s potential so much, his company applied for state licenses in each of the three sections. The Florida-based company identified possible locations in Mercer, Morris, Cape May, Burlington and Cumberland counties.
“I call it commitment,” said Scorsis.